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Find Your Focus & Start That Personal Essay

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Getting started often feels like one of the most difficult parts of writing a personal essay. What do you want to say? How do you want to say it? We can sit and ask ourselves questions for days, weeks, years before we ever sit down and start writing. I'm guilty of it, and I bet you are, too. These tips for getting focused, getting started, and then doing something with what you've created will help inspire you to quit questioning yourself and finally get writing. Image: Dino Reichmuth on Unsplash Focus In on One Topic An essay is not a book, not a 1,500-page epic saga. At its base definition, an essay is a short piece of writing on a particular subject. Short, of course, is a very subjective word. If you're writing an essay for a specific publication, check out their word count before you sit down and get wordy. Don't focus on the "short" part just yet. Just focus on focusing. That part about "particular topic" is the most important when it comes to the personal essay. When I'm working on an important piece, I like to brainstorm with a bubble diagram about the pieces, people, and events closest to the story itself. As the bubbles get further away from the central topic, I get to decide whether they meet the purpose of this piece of writing. If not, they drop out, making the piece more coherent and concise. Lots of different ways of brainstorming exist, and finding one that works for you will help you in your writing endeavors. You don't have to include the whole story, either. You can start at the catalyst moment. You can start with back story if you so choose. It's up to you as the writer to divulge as much or as little information needed to cause a series of emotions and reactions in the reader. Here's a Pro Tip: If you get a complaint on a personal essay saying you didn't provide enough detail and the reader wants more, you've done your job. You just created someone who wants to read more of your writing. So write another essay. But What's Worth Writing? So, you've brainstormed and now you're second-guessing yourself. Is my topic interesting? Will anyone care to read this? Hasn't everyone already written this before? What makes my story so special? Stop. Stop right now. Stop. Your story is important for a thousand different reasons. Even if thirty people wrote an essay on the same topic—their first day of high school—we'd end up with thirty very different essays. Even if it was the same school on the same date in the same classroom, the personal experiences of each individual and how they write it would result in different essays. So write. Write about motherhood. About cooking. About your grandmother, your dog, your divorce, your garden, your car, your first kiss, your last kiss, the kisses in between. Write about what moves you. Write about how you became politically involved. Write what you know. It's all worth writing, because our stories matter. They connect us in ways we didn't know we needed connected. Write it. Put away the self-doubt and just write it. No, Really, Just Write It Now that you've gotten over your self-doubt, you're sitting in front of a blank screen or a blank page, maybe with your brainstorming page nearby ... and you're like, "Now what?" Just write. Okay, fine. Some people develop outlines and follow very specific task lists when writing personal essays—or anything for that matter. If that's your style, go for it. Follow your routine. But if you're just sitting there, staring at the screen, take a deep breath and write. Move those fingers across the keyboard. Scratch that pen across the page. Just write and let it flow for right now. Don't go back and recreate sentences. Don't worry about passive voice just yet. Just write about the particular topic you're wanting to tackle with this particular essay. Write it and write it and write it. And maybe walk away for a minute, because sometimes we need a break from our own words. And then sit back down and write some more. Write it all out. All the way out. You'll know when you're done. You'll feel it. Now Kill Your Darli[...]



5 Tips to Squash Imposter Syndrome

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000

I remember my first BlogHer conference: BlogHer '10 in New York City. I meticulously unpacked my suitcase with the outfits I felt might portray me as I wanted people to see me. And then I kind of hid in my hotel room. Image: Angela Reinosa on Unsplash Despite blogging for nine years at that point and experiencing what I considered a measure of success, I walked into the dining hall and suddenly felt very small. Like tiny. Inconsequential. A fraud. I felt like an impostor in a room full of people who knew what to do and how do it well. Turns out I wasn't really alone in that feeling, though. It's a running fear of many bloggers attending a conference like #BlogHer16. Impostor Syndrome settles into the pit of their stomachs, and suddenly they're left doubting every word written, every social media post, every picture shared. I'm here to tell you this: You don't have to feel that way. Your blog is valid. Your experience is valid. Your measure of success is valid. You are valid. Of course, I can tell you that until the cows come home, and you still might not believe me. So here are five things to tell yourself if you suddenly feel out-of-place at #BlogHer16. Success Is Individual Before arriving, and then all during the conference, tell yourself that success is individual. What you view as success may differ from what someone else uses to quantify or qualify their own success. Take some time prior to the conference to detail what you view as a success for your experience. Is it simply pressing publish on difficult pieces? Is it hitting a number of views per month? Is it connecting with brands? Is it having your words published on big media sites or in print? Is it connecting with others and hearing the life-altering "me, too" from others in your tribe? Figure out what it is and remind yourself regularly that your success is your own. Comparison Is the Thief of Joy Yes, Theodore Roosevelt said it years ago, but it still rings true today. If you forget that success is individual and you start comparing yourself to other people at #BlogHer16, you might end up feeling less than. You might start doubting yourself. You'll end up in a spiral of negative emotions that you don't really need to entertain. When the thoughts of "her site is so big," or "she has so many Twitter followers," or "I'll never have the same type of engagement as him" start creeping in, immediately shut those voices down. Go back to your own success. Someone Else's Success Doesn't Negate Your Own "That should have been me." We've all thought it about someone or something at one time or another. I urge you to stop that type of thinking right now. Not only is it engaging in comparison and forgetting about your individual success, it's kind of ugly. You can legitimately feel proud of someone's accomplishment without mentally going down a trail of "could have, should have, what if" self-loathing. I promise. Once you learn to let go of those destructive thoughts and celebrate colleagues' successes, you'll feel more positive about achieving your own list of goals. Acknowledge We're All a Work in Progress Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle. You started at x-point, just like everyone else. If someone else is farther along in their journey, either chronologically or goal-wise, the comparison (which you shouldn't be making in the first place; see point two) is like comparing an apple seed to an apple pie. You've got to plant the seed to get the tree to yield the fruit to pick the fruit to make the pie. We're all at different points on our path. You're fine where you are right now in this moment. Yes, you have goals. You're making plans to achieve them. That's powerful in and of itself. But that blogger or social media star whom you assume already has all the apple pie might feel as though she's still in the yielding-fruit phase. We're all works in progress, all apple pies in the making. Let progress happen. You Are Not Alone If you get Impostor Syndrome and feel like you don't belong at the conference, reach out [...]



Everyone Says to Create an Elevator Pitch, but How Do You Do That?

Thu, 26 May 2016 22:17:15 +0000

Every single list of advice you'll read about attending #BlogHer16 will include some variation on this line: Have an elevator pitch. Perfect your elevator pitch. Practice your elevator pitch. Own your elevator pitch. Be your elevator pitch. Which is all fine and dandy, except no one seems to be telling people how to create an elevator pitch. Womp womp. We discussed some ideas on the BlogHer Editorial Team. First and foremost, we'll define an elevator pitch for you: An elevator pitch, elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition. The name "elevator pitch" reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes[...] So, in short, your elevator pitch at BlogHer will tell other bloggers, brands, and interested parties what you blog about and potentially why you blog about it in 30 seconds to two minutes. But no pressure. We promise. The truth is that you already know what you blog about, you just second guess yourself when asked this question. Stop second guessing. Own your blog, your why, and your description of it all. Read on for tips from our team to help get your elevator pitch in order for Los Angeles! Credit: takomabibelot. LEARN THE DIFFERENCE Credit: m01229. An elevator pitch is what your blog is about in a nutshell, what you’d literally tell people in an elevator. It must be completely natural and relatable and conversational and understandable right away. A tagline is something memorable that says MORE about your blog, that you’d put on your banner, biz card, logo but would likely be too crafted to sound right just saying out loud. JUST NOTHIN' Credit: inthe-arena.. No one is "just" anything. You aren't just a mommy blogger or a lifestyle blogger or a DIY blogger. When I hear someone say their blog is "just a [fill in the blank]" I hear them telling me that they don't think their story is important -- that they aren't important. Your blog is unique because it is yours and no one else can tell your story. Embrace it. Celebrate it. And eliminate "just" from your pitch vocabulary. WHAT'S YOUR MISSION? Credit: stevensnodgrass. Do you have a mission statement for your blog? What's your reason? Your why for turning to your blog to write, to share, to put words out into the universe? Who are you writing these words for? Yourself? Your kids? The greater public? Your mom? Think about all of these things as you craft your perfect elevator pitch. LIKE APPLES AND KIWI Credit: matsuyuki. Okay, so your blog isn't like space camp for dogs, but it's like something. Is it like a personal journal, diary, beginnings of a memoir? Is it like the first draft of a really funny book? Is it like lemon chiffon something or other that makes my mouth water just asking the question? I bet it's like lemon chiffon, isn't it? You're my new best friend. Please hand me your business card. I LIKE YOU Credit: andrn2006. Most importantly, realize that if someone asks you what your blog is about, they are interested. Yes, I know that one time someone was a big meanie-face and was trying to make eye contact with the Super Famous Blogger across the room while pretending to be interested in your blog. But really? If I ask what your blog is about, I really, really want to know. I want to talk to you about writing and your space and how long you've been doing this and what keeps you going. So let go of the nerves a little bit and accept that yes, people are interested in you. For being you. Because you're awesome. Promise. BlogHer Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog. Editor's Note: Interested in learning more? Join us at #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us in Los Angeles! The Mind Your Business programming track is packed with tips to maximize your blog as a business including: Crafting Your Pitch and Cracking the Media Code Speakers: Pa[...]



Telling an Audience of 3,000 About My Mental Illness

Sun, 01 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000

The joy of learning the Voices of the Year judges chose me as one of the readers to read my post at BlogHer '14 waned very quickly. It wasn't a lack of pride in a well-written piece, nor was it a lack of understanding what an honor it is to stand on the stage at the BlogHer conference and read in front of 3,000 women. The joy slowly seeping out of my soul and puddling around my feet was based on the fact that I'd need to stand in front of those 3,000 women and read about my mental health. Or, if we're being specific, my mental illness. During my senior year of high school, my classmates voted me Most Likely to Be Famous. I imagined winning a Grammy at some point in my life, not standing on a stage talking about how I've wanted to die; how I've attempted suicide; how my anxiety and depression stick with me even on the best of days; how local suicides trigger me. This was no bright and cheery piece on motherhood. It was deeply, viscerally personal. It was probably the most authentic, stick-to-your-bones piece I had, at that point, ever written. I felt deeply proud of pressing the Publish button on that piece when I wrote it, of taking the time to submit it for VOTY consideration, but the thought of reading it aloud felt too big. It felt triggering, and I shut down a little bit. I spent weeks not practicing, ignoring the reality of the situation. Then I spent weeks practicing until I dreamed the words when I woke and thought them again as I drifted to sleep. Then I bought a gorgeous pair of silver shoes because nothing says "I can do this" like a pair of silvery, glittery shoes. When the evening finally arrived, I walked into the Grand Ballroom with more than just butterflies in my stomach. I literally thought I might vomit. I wasn't a mixture of nerves; I was all nerves. Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder of BlogHer, took me aside to help get to the bottom of my anxiety, other than the fact that I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I'd already imagined tripping, falling, biting my tongue, speaking in tongues, and generally forgetting how to talk. "You've performed in front of thousands on stage before, so what's the big deal with this one?" Elisa asked. "This is ... me. Cut open. Up on that stage, not just on a computer screen." "And that's why you were chosen. Your piece will speak to people, will help people. It is beautiful; it is you." Oh yes. That "me, too" that we've all experienced in the blogging world. My piece might make someone else feel less alone, less afraid, less likely to stand on the bridge that is any bridge and make a choice that can't be taken back. I sat backstage with my other VOTY reader friends—and they become your friends even if you'd never met, never read each others' blogs prior—waiting for my name to be called. Next to last. Lots of time to go over Worst Case Scenarios and catastrophize. And then Deb Rox started talking, said she'd read my piece when I'd initially written it, and I exhaled all the anxiety, all the fear, all the stigma we place on open, frank discussions about mental health and mental illness in this country. I walked those silver shoes right up to the podium and poured my heart out to an auditorium of men and women I mostly didn't know. My voice caught once, in the place where I feared it might catch, but I read my piece like it was meant to be read: with heart, with authenticity, with shoulders held back out of pride for who I am, mental illness and all. It remains one of my most humbling and honored accolades I've received as a writer to this date. I received a number of emails after both the stage performance and when the video was released; women wanted to share their stories, to say "me, too." I read and replied to each one. We all have a story to tell. Some stories look and sound prettier than others, but they all matter. I'm so proud of the fact I found the courage to tell my story, and still so thankful that BlogHer gave me the time and space to share it with others. wi[...]



Keep Yourself Writing By Starting a Blog Series

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:27:37 +0000

Blogging comes in all forms, from the visual to the creative to the narrative to the technical how-to. It's up to you to do decide what you want to DO with your series. Do you want to push yourself to take new and different photographs? Join a 365-day (or in 2016, 366!) photo challenge and blog them every day. Are you hoping to push yourself to tell your stories, to write personal essays? Write out a list ahead of time so you don't get to week two and think, "Well, gee, I've told all my stories." If you're going for poems, get yourself a stack of notebooks ahead of time and be writing at all times. If you want to share your creative abilities, start thinking of one direction you might take them in: a series! Image: Cat illustration via Shutterstock Pick something unique. Honestly, you might find photographing mailboxes and telling stories about the mail you perceive the mailbox owners receive, but really, all the mailboxes in my neighborhood are the same mailbox. While no one you know may have written a mailbox series, making it unique on that hand, mailboxes in certain areas are all very similar. Instead show me famous mailboxes and research the strangest thing celebrities have received. Take me on a tour of ornate mailboxes. Maybe pick something other than mailboxes. But whatever story or photo or craft or food you decide to focus on, find a way to spin it and make it your own. Your unique perspective is what keeps people coming to your online space. Don't do a series just because someone else did a series; make it your own. Pick something in your passion house. If mailboxes don't do it for you, find something that strikes your fancy. It's very easy to get bored while writing a series, to open up a writing window yet again to write about the same damn thing. If you're not passionate about your chosen series, writing about it will feel like a chore in no time flat. Beware the narrow niche. If you're a food blogger looking for a new series, don't drill down too far. Don't decide to make homemade blueberry cobbler, because you're quickly going to run out of cobbler recipes (at least ones that taste good). If you're a parenting blogger, try to avoid a phase series. There's only so much you can write about potty-training; there's only so much the Internet can read about potty training. If you're a craft blogger, you kind of win series because you have make different Santa Clauses for the rest of your days as a Santa craft blogger and no two will ever be the same. Make sure the series you've given yourself allows for new storytelling each and every week. Stick to your schedule. Once you've found something unique, that only you can write and share that fits in your passion house and avoids the dreaded narrow niche, you need to pick a schedule. Maybe you'll write weekly, or bi-weekly, or just once a month on this topic. Whatever you choose, stick to it. Schedule it out. Start working on ideas for two to five posts ahead of time. Give yourself deadlines so you can load it into your blogging platform and give it a proofread before you push it live to your audience. But be flexible. Some random Tuesday in September, a news story is going to happen in your town, state, country, or the world. It's going to move you. You're going to want to write all the words. But you're supposed to publish your next piece on mailboxes which is already loaded into your blogging platform and set to go live at noon. Reschedule that mother! When you are moved to write, write. Sometimes our passionate replies to the things happening around us need to be published timely to lend necessary voices to the conversation. Don't beat yourself up because your Mailbox Series post went up a day late. Your loyal mailbox lovers will be just as excited to see it on Wednesday as they would have been on Tuesday. Let it go. Eventually, we outgrow our own series. You may eventually tell all the stories behind fancy, ornate mailboxes in your entire s[...]



How to Repurpose Your Freelance Writing for Another Publication

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000

You've written a beautiful piece. You've crafted it perfectly to match the submission guidelines at your favorite publication. You sent it off within the deadline frame. You're feeling good about your chances. And then you hear nothing. For months. Or you get the dreaded "Thank you for your submission, but we're going in another direction" email. Rejection, either implied or explicit, stinks. But you don't have to let it keep you down, nor does it mean your piece can't find a new home. You can work to repurpose, recraft, and resubmit your piece. All it takes is a little research, a little time, and a little belief in yourself. Image: Quinn Dombroski via Flickr Do Your Research Since you crafted your piece and the submission process specifically for one outlet, you'll need to research what similar types of publications currently have openings for your type of piece and what they require. Take a day or two to ask fellow writers if they know of any places with open submissions or search writing groups online. Google search similar types of publications, as well. If you can't find a place to submit that feels like the right fit, consider publishing it on your own site or blog. Pressing publish on your own site is success, so don't discount it as a potential place of publication. There are also other ways to measure success. Once you have a list of possibilities, thoroughly research what each requires for submission purposes. Is the word count the same? If not, you'll need to adjust your piece accordingly. Sometimes cutting your piece down can even make for a sharper, more concise piece, but beware adding too many more words if the word count is larger. Just because you're allowed to write 1500 words doesn't mean you need to add 800 more words to a piece you already thought was good enough to publish at 700. Sit With Your Piece While the rejection from your number-one choice for publication may not have been a reflection on your piece (maybe someone else just nailed it), look at it through different eyes. Would the piece feel stronger if you made additional edits beyond word count? Is your word choice strong? Do you "show, not tell" in the piece? Do you need to expand upon an idea in a separate paragraph or remove a side-tangent that takes away from the flow? It's also a great idea to get a new set of eyes on your piece. Ask a trusted writer or editor friend to read it over and give you honest feedback on how to make your piece stand out. Believe in Yourself Once you've finished recrafting your piece and followed the guidelines for submission, send it off with confidence. Know that any rejection that may come means less than the work you've done in writing and rewriting, in researching and learning more about the process and craft of writing and publishing, in taking time to believe in yourself. You've done something not everyone can do, and you should be proud of yourself for continuing to put yourself out there. And quit refreshing your inbox. Go write something else just as beautiful. The world needs more beauty. Jenna Hatfield is the Online Awareness and Engagement Manager for Postpartum Progress. She also blogs about life, parenting, adoption, and running at Stop, Drop & Blog. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram. [...]



Every Adoptive Parent's Worst Nightmare

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 01:14:45 +0000

In August, Rosie O'Donnell's daughter went missing. She was found and returned; drugs are rumored to have been involved. And then on her 18th birthday, Chelsea O'Donnell left Florida with her birth mother. O'Donnell is said to have cut her daughter off financially and is holding her daughter's birth certificate and social security card. The adoption world is in an uproar. An adoptee! Returned! To her birth mother! Whoa. Photo Credit: Redd Angelo I've spent a week attempting to form coherent thoughts on the matter. The more I think, however, the more eyeroll-y I get at those flailing their arms as to how it's their "worst nightmare" that a child they adopted returned to their biological family. I see many more things wrong with this story than a child wanting to be with a birth parent. Returning to Her Birth Mother Isn't the Worst Part of This Story I feel the most worrisome part of this scenario is how O'Donnell cut off her daughter. I won't pretend to know the ins and outs of their relationship and, likely, more went on behind closed doors leading to both Chelsea's decision to leave and Rosie's decision to cut off finances. But it's kind of funny when you think about it. Not funny ha-ha, but funny-really-sadly-ironic. Again, I don't know why Chelsea's birth mother chose adoption. However, I do know that many parents who eventually relinquish come to adoption's doors in a state of crisis. They've been kicked out of homes, cut off financially or emotionally, and find themselves in a state of panic. With no one else to turn to, an adoption agency or facilitator becomes a safe haven during a tumultuous time. No one informs the expectant parent that flared tempers often cool, that families with closed doors often reopen them, that grandchildren have a way of softening hardened hearts, that there are ways for these parents to financially handle everything on their plate. Instead they're hand-fed carefully chosen lines about the importance of stability, of two-parent homes, of "being ready." The whole turning away of a child in crisis is one well-played out in adoption circles, but it's often the mother who places her child who finds herself alone. In this case, we have a child who we might imagine or assume is dealing with some stuff, as drugs were mentioned. Also,adoption affects many children (and adults) in ways we didn't used to speak of or consider. Or, of course, she could be a normal 18-year-old girl wanting to spread her wings and the home in which she was raised isn't currently supportive of her choices, whatever they may be. I don't know. I do know that turning a child away, especially a child who may already hold trauma from being placed for adoption, seems a specifically unloving path. Maybe it's tough love. Maybe there really are drugs involved. Maybe safety of other humans in the home is in question. Maybe it's worse than any of us, sitting at home in our comfy chairs and playing Monday morning quarterback parents, can even imagine. Maybe. But I suspect the nuances in this story sway toward a desire to control this young woman's allegiance. I feel that way most specifically as reports state Rose is holding Chelsea's social security card and birth certificate hostage. This act is not only petty, but strikes deep into adoptee issues. The birth certificate in question, listing Rosie as a parent, was the second one issued on Chelsea's behalf. The original, listing her birth mother, is sealed somewhere because we like to perpetuate the lie that biology doesn't matter. We like to erase all of that "beginning stuff," those real, live human beings who made a child, who contributed biological components that matter a great deal in both good and bad ways. We like to treat adoptees as second class citizens who don't have a right to know their origins, their medical histories, their most basic of information. So yes, Rosie has chosen to hold that specific piece [...]



I Love Your Kids' Back-to-School Photos. Keep Posting Them.

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 16:27:09 +0000

For the love of chubby cheeks, mis-matched clothing, teenage hairstyles, smiles and grimaces alike, please keep posting your kids' back-to-school photos. I love them.

I "like" all of them I happen to see, much like I try to like every single selfie I see in my feed or on Instagram. Sometimes I comment.

"Oh my! Look how she's grown!
"Uh, how is your kid a senior already? Didn't I just change his diaper?"
"Tell her it will be okay. Give her a hug for me.

I like the enthusiasm. I like the joy. I empathize with the fear and the separation anxiety. I like seeing the littlest ones as they make me feel nostalgic for days gone by. I like seeing the teenagers as they give me a glimpse into my future.

I love your kids' back-to-school photos because they're real—even when they're staged. They're real and good. Even if your kiddo looks bummed about saying TTFN to summer, the photos are good. Even if you're not the best photographer on the planet, the photos are good.

Why?

It's not another political post full of trash-talk, back-and-forth name-calling and hatred. It's not another religious argument in which the two sides will never see eye-to-eye. It's not a hate-filled post. It's not a sarcastic, snarky post. It's not a Vaguebook. It's a real thing. Your kid. Right there. Going to school.

It's something innocent and real, something good, in a sea of negativity. Each photo reminds me that we all started out with the innocence of children, way back before we started arguing on the Internet over whether it's appropriate to post running status updates, too many photos in a row, or pictures of our children at all.

From late July through early September, I'll be clicking like on your kids' photos. I'll share my own tomorrow as my two sons head into fourth and second grade. I'll wade through all of yours and maybe even find some other great content to click on, read, and enjoy. But, those pictures though.

And, may I suggest, if you don't like seeing umpteen photos of little-and-big kids heading back to school, simply click the "Hide This" in order to, as the button says, "See fewer posts like this." But you'll miss cute grins—and the dog—like this one from last year.

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Keep on posting those photos, moms and dads. We need more smiles in our feeds.

 

Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog.




Your Photos This Week: Composition and Focus

Fri, 15 May 2015 14:10:16 +0000

I've really enjoyed participating in and viewing your NaBloPoMo prompt photos which we paired with this month's BlogHer University lesson in photography. The photos you're sharing always encourage me to look at prompts and life with different eyes. This week our participants took photos based on a series of prompts as well as lessons learned about basic composition and focus modes. The results are simply beautiful. I've rounded up some here, but you can browse the #NaBloPoMo tag on Instagram as well to find even more. Here's my submission for one of the prompts this week as well... with the addition of this week's title. I originally commented that I wished "smellagram" was a thing, because hooboy, lilacs! Brilliant colors painting the sky. #NaBloPoMo #nationalphotographymonth #sunset #middleofnowhere #latergram Today's theme: #light A photo posted by August (@augustmclaughlin) on May 9, 2015 at 12:31pm PDT Dandelions are my thing, so I felt immediately drawn to this photo showing sun flare. Doesn't it make you want to stop and make a wish right now? If you've missed a lesson in our BlogHer University photography school, you should check them out: Use Your iPhone Camera and Other Apps to Get Great Photos [...]



Grab a Badge and Tell the World You're Going to #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us

Thu, 14 May 2015 14:43:57 +0000

With the conference just over two months away, we know you're gearing up for #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us in New York City. We've made some badges that you can place on your blog, share on Facebook, or plaster all over your social media accounts.

Sharing the image is simple. We've provided you with two sizes this year. To embed the smaller one on your blog sidebar, you can save it to your computer or copy the embed code and place it on your site. If you want to share on Facebook, Instagram, or other social services, you'll need a slightly larger image—which we totally made for you this year! Simply click on the link for the badge of your choice and then save it to your device for sharing wherever you so choose. Please let us know if you need assistance.

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We'll see you in New York City... soon!

 

BlogHer Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog.